Eighteen month repair finished in six

Photos by Ervey Martinez (RELEASED).

Corpus Christi, TX (June 15, 2015) – In August of 2014, a MH-47 Chinook from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Airborne (SOAR-A), arrived at CCAD for crash damage repair stemming from a blade strike during training. The 160th needed this aircraft operational ASAP. CCAD rose to the challenge, leveraging internal and external partnerships, and completing the repair in an unprecedented six months. The complex repair required replacing the damaged roof with one taken from a donor CH-47 — a first for CCAD. By synergizing their efforts, the team working on this aircraft exceeded the customer’s expectations on timeline and, more importantly, enabled the 160th Nightstalkers’ combat readiness. Congratulations, Team CCAD, on a job well done!

Special thanks for the offices that came together to make this repair happen.

DPM - Aircraft Program Management
DPM - Special Programs and Log Office
DPM - Material Management
DAP - Production Control
DAP - Production - Hangars 45 and 44
DMP - Airframe Cleaning and Paint Shops
DQA - QA - Library Support
DQA - Quality Control

External offices
AMRDEC - Aviation Engineering Directorate (AED) Maintenance Engineering Division
Boeing - CCAD
AMSO - USASOAC Aviation Maintenance Support Office at Ft Campbell, KY
2/160th SOAR (A) Ft Campbell, KY
TAPO - Technology Applications Program Office, Joint Base Langley Eustis, VA
SOFSA - Special Operation Forces Support Activity, Lexington, KY
Cargo Program Manager - PEO Aviation, Huntsville, AL


Designated a Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for rotary wing aircraft, Corpus Christi Army Depot ensures aviation readiness through overhaul, repair, modification, retrofit, testing, recapitalization, and modernization of helicopters, engines and components. This effort includes world-wide on-site field maintenance teams, analytical crash investigations and chemical material process facilities. CCAD serves as a depot training base for active duty Army, National Guard, and reserve units. CCAD, as South Texas' largest industrial employer, employs more than 5500 personnel and contractors providing an overall economic impact of more than $1.14 Billon to the local community.